Spurs to in­ves­ti­gate af­ter banned fans ob­tain il­le­gal tick­ets

Police ‘con­tain’ around 200 Red Star sup­port­ers ‘We have got long way to go,’ ad­mits cap­tain Kane

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Champions League - By Sam Dean at the Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur Sta­dium

Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur have launched a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion into how a group of Red Star Bel­grade sup­port­ers were able to “il­le­gally ob­tain” tick

ets to last night’s Cham­pi­ons League match.

Uefa had banned Red Star fans from at­tend­ing the game af­ter be­ing found guilty of racism in a qual­i­fy­ing match in Fin­land ear­lier this year. Tot­ten­ham were un­able to put tick­ets for the match on gen­eral sale be­cause there were fears that Red Star fans would buy them, lead­ing to a re­duced ca­pac­ity at the Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur Sta­dium.

But a group of away sup­port­ers, es­ti­mated to be around 200, were able to make their way into the ground be­fore con­gre­gat­ing in the North Stand. The group was too large to eject, Tot­ten­ham said, with police and stew­ards cir­cling the sup­port­ers for most of the match.

“Red Star sup­port­ers il­le­gally ob­tained in­di­vid­ual tick­ets on Level 5 and made their way around to one sec­tion of the sta­dium in or­der to con­gre­gate as a group,” said a Tot­ten­ham spokesman. “Stew­ards and police con­tained the group as it was too large a num­ber to eject. We have launched a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion in or­der to un­der­stand how tick­ets have been ac­quired. We shall take the strong­est pos­si­ble ac­tion against any in­di­vid­ual found to have sold their ticket on.”

Tot­ten­ham pro­duced one of their best team per­for­mances for months as two goals each from Harry Kane and Son He­ung-min, with another from Erik Lamela, sealed an em­phatic 5-0 vic­tory.

Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino’s side face Liver­pool this week­end and came into this game with just three wins from 12 games this sea­son, and with only three vic­to­ries from the last nine matches at their new sta­dium.

“It was ex­actly what we needed to do,” said Kane, who has now scored 15 goals in 15 games for club and coun­try this sea­son. “We have had a tough run of re­sults and that was the per­fect way to re­spond.

“We wanted to come out of the blocks and press high. Of course we needed to score early on, but we were ruth­less in front of goal and got the clean sheet as well. The most im­por­tant thing was the win. To win 5-0 was ex­actly what we needed.

“We have got a long way to go. Hope­fully we can build on this. Liver­pool is a tough game com­ing up, ob­vi­ously they have started the sea­son fan­tas­tic, but hope­fully we can win that game.”

The vic­tory marks a major step to­wards qual­i­fi­ca­tion for Tot­ten­ham, who are now sec­ond in their group be­hind run­away lead­ers Bay­ern Mu­nich.

“It was an im­por­tant re­sult for both things. One, for our con­fi­dence and another be­cause to have three points is very im­por­tant,” said Po­chet­tino.

“I feel good be­cause we are start­ing to see it is only time that we need to dis­cover and re­cover our best feel­ings and to build the con­fi­dence.

We need to go step by step and be solid again – that is the first step to re­gain our con­fi­dence and per­form in the way that we ex­pect.”

Po­chet­tino joked that he will be giv­ing his play­ers a day off to­mor­row to “stop all the ru­mours” of the team be­ing tired from the de­mands of his in­ten­sive train­ing ses­sions.

Asked if he is now happy with the dy­namic of his squad, Po­chet­tino said: “I am not happy, and not un­happy. I am fac­ing the sit­u­a­tion, how the sit­u­a­tion is.

“I think it is a great mo­ment to grow, to be more ma­ture, and of course this type of sit­u­a­tion must help us to be stronger in the fu­ture, for sure.”

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